|The Ryan McGhee Foundation
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Corporal Ryan C. McGhee, 21, was an automatic rifleman
assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger
Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. He was born on Nov. 4, 1987 in
He was killed by small arms fire while conducting combat
operations in Central Iraq, when his unit came in
contact with enemy forces. The unit was conducting operations
to rid Iraq of a weapons facilitator and
suicide vest cell known to be operating in the area. Ryan was
on his fourth deployment in support of the
War on Terror with three previous deployments to Afghanistan.
Ryan served as captain of his football team and received all-
district honors as a LB from Massaponax
High School. After graduating from high school, Ryan enlisted
in the U.S. Army from his hometown of
Fredericksburg, Va., in August 1, 2006. He completed One
Station Unit Training at Fort Benning Ga., as
an infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne
Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger
Indoctrination Program also at Fort Benning. He graduated
from the Ranger Indoctrination Program in
February 2007 and was then assigned to Company B, 3rd BN.,
75th Ranger Regiment March 1, 2007.
Ryan served as a Rifleman and Grenadier in Company B
before serving as a Weapons Squad Team
Leader with Company D.
His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course,
Ranger Indoctrination Program, and the U.S.
Army Ranger Course.
His awards and decorations include The Bronze Star with
Valor, The Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan
Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign
Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, The Army
Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat
Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and the
Ryan is survived by his parents Steven and Kristie McGhee of
Fredericksburg, VA; his fiancée Ashleigh
Mitchell; his brothers Zachary McGhee, Noah McGhee and
Gabriel McGhee; and his sisters Jasmine
McGhee and Elsie McGhee.
As a Ranger, Corporal Ryan distinguished himself as a
member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit,
traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global
War on Terrorism, and fought valiantly to
“uphold the prestige, honor, and high ‘esprit de corps’ of the
As a man, he distinguished himself everyday with his kindness,
love and caring for others. Ryan will be
missed, but never forgotten.